We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Fishing in Eastham

Level Contributor
377 posts
98 reviews
Save Topic
Fishing in Eastham


We will be staying in Eastham for the 4th weekend. Wondering where my husband can fish from a pier or bay side? Not interested in fishing at the beach.



Level Contributor
377 posts
98 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Fishing in Eastham

Can someone please help me here?


Chicago, IL
Destination Expert
for Cape Cod
Level Contributor
13,517 posts
32 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Fishing in Eastham

Here's an article from the Cape Cod Times with an extensive fishing report. Perhaps this will be of help to your husband. The entire article follows:

By Rob Conery

July 03, 2008

Stars and Stripers forever. Independence Day is here and we have so much to be grateful for. This week we're cold kicking it live with Betsy Ross, so let's celebrate.

Let's hear it for the Red, White and Blue; for Rock Harbor sunsets and fish on at dawn; for littlenecks on the half shell with hot sauce; for Thomas Jefferson and John Belushi; for freedom and fried clams; for a little tip that helps a stranger land a fish; for Nauset Beach at dawn. For Roots Down Below in the park; for sparklers and cupcakes; for s'mores at Sandy Neck, huddled around a beach fire with good friends; for steamers and corn on the cob; for catching a fish on the last cast of the day; for coming in with the cooler full, and raccoon-tan lines on tired, happy faces; for raking light at Gay Head; for hot dogs and hamburgers and Woody Guthrie; for Wiffle Ball; for knowing that of the six billion people right now on this fragile planet, that you're one of the fortunate ones to be spending the Fourth of July on Cape Cod. Cheers.

So, while the Ticks rock the Beachcomber, it's time to ask "¦

What's going on?

It's getting spotty. Bait has scattered and thinned out in general, and with rising water temperatures, it's going to take some work. That being said, they're catching fish all over our little sandbar this week.

1. Buzzards Bay/Cape Cod Canal —The Canal has been good. Fish the tide changes. There are lots of blues, and Red Top has been weighing in keepers every day. Slug-Go's and other soft plastics are the best bet right now. Out in Buzzards is iffy, with some fluke reported.

2. Islands — There are fish at Mutton Shoal and Tom Shoal this week. And Janet Messineo says the beach fishing on the Vineyard is great right now. Fish all over. Lobsterville has been good. Some windless nights have made for great fly casting. Chappy is good, too, but before heading out, Janet recommends anglers call the Trustees of Reservations bird hotline, which is updated daily, for information on beach closings. It's slamming on Nantucket, too. They've got "significant bass" being taken off Sankaty Head Light, according to one source. Bluefish in the Chord of the Bay. Keepers are regularly being hauled from the Old Man rip and the southside has plenty of fish, with blues mostly on top and bass down below.

3. Cape southside beaches and estuaries — The beaches are pretty slow. It's hit or miss, mostly miss. Blues are the exception; you can find them at dusk and dawn, but they're on the move. One day they're there, the next, they're not. The fluking was reported best in front of Parker's River in about 15 to 18 feet of water.

4. Nantucket Sound — Middle Ground is decent. Most of the bass are down toward Handkerchief Shoal and Monomoy. Fluking is mediocre, with most of the keepers closer to Nantucket. A customer on the Helen H caught a rare weakfish weighing eight pounds.

5. The Great Backside Beach — A little bit of this, a little bit of that. Peaked Hill had some fish early in the week, and there was a lot of bait hanging around Nauset Light. But Wellfleet was reported "weedy" and not too many fish were brought in. Most of the blues are on the Bayside out this way. Some tuna offshore around Crab Ledge. The beach fishing has been best up around Race Point. Nelson's in Provincetown reports lots of 8-10 inch pogies in the surf, bringing in the stripers. Bass at Herring Cove.

6. Cape Cod Bay — Scattered and variable. Barnstable Harbor remains the most productive, but the Bay itself is pretty slow. Guys fishing live eels and chunks at night have been doing well. Last week the Parking Lot was packed, this week seems slower. The beach action at Sandy Neck has been consistent. The Powderhorn weighed in one 53-inch, 43-pound bass, caught in the Fingers on a bunker spoon. Plenty of tuna, though, to mitigate the sometimes picky bass bite. From the near corner of Stellwagen down into the northern quadrants of the Bay, they've been hooking school bluefin.

7. Freshwater — Really good, actually. The largemouth bass bite has been especially good this week. They were catching them at Sheep Pond and throughout much of Barnstable and the Mills. Head on down and unwind after a busy day.

Fireworks explode while summertime rolls. And there are fish, you're just going to have to work for 'em, that's all.

Happy Fourth of July everybody.

Catch 'em up!

Information for this column was assembled from a variety of liars, exaggerators, mis-informants, ne'er-do-wells and roustabouts. In other words, from fishermen.

Level Contributor
377 posts
98 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Fishing in Eastham

Thanks Cape Cod Charlie!

We just came back from Rock Harbor. We are staying at the Eagle Wing Motel which happens to be spotlessly clean and a great value.

Gorgeous area.

Thanks for the time you took to do this.

You are the best!


4. Re: Fishing in Eastham

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 04 October 2009, 18:16